England Made To Work For It

March 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

In the beginning it looked as though it was going to a cakewalk for England. They amassed a massive first innings score and then dismissed Bangladesh for 296 in the first innings. Due to the heat, they decided not to enforce the follow-on. Live betting wasn’t fazed by this either way.

After a quick 200, it set the hosts a total of 513 to win. The scoreboard doesn’t belie the fight and the struggle that Bangladesh put up. They only scored 331 and lost by 181 runs. On paper this looks like a thrashing but doesn’t tell the true story.

Junaid Siddique and Mushfiqur Rahim combined for 167 runs in 70 overs. They really made England work for it. It was a great partnership and the two gained the respect of the English and the cricketing world. Apart from that, there wasn’t much resistance.

It was a fantastic match for Graeme Swann who took five wickets in each innings for 10 in the match. He now 79 wickets from 17 matches and is improving by the game. He has become an integral part of the English side and they are relishing having a world-class spinner.

Apart from that, it was a pretty good effort by the English. They did what they have to do to win. Playing Bangladesh is different from playing any other side. There is a big gulf between them and the top sides and it is asking too much to expect them to have any chance of defeating them.

Still it is good for world cricket that the top teams tour Bangladesh and play there; especially when the West Indies and Pakistanis are struggling so much in the longer form of the game.

So they now head to Dhaka for the second Test. Following that the tour will be over. It has been a good tour for England, one wonders what impact if any the absence of Andrew Strauss will have. It sends a bad message for the rest of them when the captain doesn’t go with the team. He has missed out on experiences with the team and maybe if he had his time again, he would decide to go on the tour and be with his team.

Darren Albert writes for this blog. He also writes about online betting.


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